Emmanuel Rivière

Born in 1968 - France


Emmanuel Rivière was born in Nevers, France in 1968. He first studied at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré in Paris, and then at the École Normale Supérieure of Cachan, France where he majored in Art and Design. While at the Ecole Normale, he also took classes with artist Pierre Buraglio at the Ecole National des Beaux-Arts of Paris. After completing his studies, he spent 2 years (1994-95) in West Africa, mainly in Burkina Faso; and what at first glance appears to have been "an extended period of idleness, was in fact a period for renewing energy and inspiration".

Upon his return to France, he decided to break away from painting and began instead, to work in photography, typography, and sculpture (with a summer session at Saint Martin’s School in London in 1998). His seminal works in sculpture were produced with masks and ethnographic works (rented, borrowed, or purchased in flea markets) which he could then use as moulds by casting silicon pieces in their hollow interiors or undersides.

"Sculpting in the negative – sculpting emptiness – sculpting blind" : here was a process – a game of mould-casting and unmoulding – which allowed him to eliminate all that was stereotypical in the original artifact and to instead reveal its normally hidden monstrous interior. By reiterating this gesture of mould-casting, little by little he constituted a collection in the negative, a sort of "collection and art-work hell".

Since 2007, Emmanuel Rivière has embarked upon collaborative and pedagogical projects with musicians and sound designers Igor Balost, Jean-Charles Versari, and the musicians of the Orchestre National de France. Gradually he has come to rethink sculptural space and now treats it as a "polyphonic" space where drawing, sculpture, photo, and film can become the many voices of a complex composition.

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PULSE, Galerie Duchamp - Centre d’Art d’Yvetot (Haute-Normandie).
Noir et blanc, Galerie TRAFIC, Paris.
L’Art dans les Chapelles, Morbihan. Commissaire : Olivier Delavallade.
Le bruit des nuages, aide à la création du MAC/VAL - Conseil Régional du Val de Marne, pour le projet
Emmanuel Rivière - Bruno Philippe, Centre d’Arts Plastiques Albert Chanot, Clamart.
Archéologie contemporaine..., «L’Art chemin faisant», Atelier d’Estienne, Pont-Scorff,
Blast, Galerie le Carré Noir / Le Safran, Amiens. Collaboration avec le musicien Igor
Balost. Aide à la création de la DRAC Picardie.
Le toucher est un bizarre sens de la vue, Galerie du Haut-Pavé, Paris.


Qui Que Quoi Donc Où, Galerie Brun Leglise, Paris.
60 ans de la Galerie du Haut-Pavé, Paris.
Mythes en abîme, Commanderie des templiers, Élancourt (Yvelines).
20 Temps, Galerie du Collège Jacques Cartier, Chauny (Picardie).
Hors d’œuvres, Centre d’art Camille Lambert, Juvisy (Val de marne).
L’Autre, Centre d’art Camille Lambert, Juvisy (Val de marne).
Petits volumes, Galerie du Haut-Pavé, Paris.
Habitar, Galerie G, Paris.
Biennale de Cachan (Val de Marne)
IN / OUT, avec l’artothèque BLUME, Galerie G, Paris.
Travail d’artistes, artothèque Pierre Tal-Coat, Hennebont.
Instants suspendus, Richard Negre - Dimitri Orlac - Emmanuel Rivière, Service culturel
de Gentilly (Val de marne).
Art contemporain-Art Premier, exposition collective, Galerie TRAFIC, Paris.
20 artistes..., Galerie Réjane Louin, Locquirec (Morbihan).
Installons-nous, habitons-le, Centre d’Arts Plastiques Albert Chanot, Clamart.
Résumé, exposition collective, Galerie TRAFIC, Paris.
Artothèque BLUME : atlelier de Isabelle Jolivet, Paris ; ancien atelier de J.P. Pincemin,
Arcueil, etc.
Exposition collective, Galerie TRAFIC, Paris.
Petits papiers, Galerie du Haut-Pavé, Paris.
La chair de l’objet II, S. Aligand - L. Nicola - E. Rivière, Galerie Véronique Smagghe,
La chair de l’objet, Galerie Villa des Tourelles, Nanterres.
Commissaires associés : Aurélie Brame, Bernard Point, Emmanuel Rivière.
Artothèque BLUME, atelier J-P. Gleize, etc.
Cent, Galerie Defrost, Paris. Commissaires associés : Philippe Segond, Régine Kohl.
Face à Face, Fondation La Source, Villarceau.
Artothèque BLUME, Galerie du Haut-Pavé, Paris ; atelier Grill-Guth, Ivry sur Seine.
10 saisons d’exposition, 1996-2006, Galerie du Haut-Pavé, Paris.
De Rendez-vous en rendez-vous..., Galerie du Haut-Pavé, Paris.
Galerie Commines - Fondation Florence, Paris.
D’un mur l’autre..., Aponia, lieu d’art contemporain, Villiers-sur-Marne.
De Rendez-vous en rendez-vous..., Galerie du Haut-Pavé, Paris.


Ville de Cachan, pour le Prix de l’École Normale Sup. de Cachan.
Artothèque de Hennebont.
Artothèque de Amiens.
Université de Rouen - Bibliothèque de l’Université.
Amis de la Galerie du Haut-Pavé, Paris.
Artothèque de l’Art dans les Chapelles, Morbihan.
Diverses collections privées (Collection J-J. Aillagon, etc.).
Fondation Cynorrhodon, Paris / Collection A. et L. Doucet.

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